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Sunday, February 17 • 10:00am - 11:15am
What is the Torah? Jewish Approaches to a Central Question

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In this session, we will address a fundamental question: what kind of book is the book we call the Torah? Is it a storybook or a legal text? Is it to be read like any other text, or does it have its own set of rules? And did it apply to a particular time and place, or does it apply to every time and place, including ours? We will look at different approaches to these questions from within Jewish thought.

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Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies the ancient world of the Bible and rabbinic literature, especially material culture, language, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge UP). Aaron also as a longstanding involvement in the Drisha Institute, where he teaches Talmud and biblical interpretation. He lives in Queens with... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Brunswick A & B ballroom level